At Home In the Cold – The Tribe Trumps VMI
(Contributions by Katelyn Power & Kelsey Watson)
Tribe Baseball crushed the VMI Keydets this past Tuesday, taking the game 10-2 in the bitter cold at Plumeri Park. With the win, the College improves to 3-5 overall, while VMI drops to 1-6 on the year.
Now if you’re like me, you all just had the same thought. What in the world is a Keydet? Find the answer below in ‘Fun Facts with Katelyn and Kelsey.’
This was an impressive game for the Tribe, which had up to this point relied mostly on its pitching to come out on top. Fresh off a three game loss to number one ranked University of Florida, this was the perfect match-up for the Tribe to see what they’d learned from their trip south.
Turns out, what they learned was how to swing the bat. Each of our starting nine walked away with at least one hit, a first for the Tribe this season. Left-fielder Tadd Bower led the team with three RBIs, a double, a single, and two runs scored. Bower had struggled so far this season with a high strike-out rate, but this game seemed to mark a break from that slump. It was a day for doubles, with VMIs pitches rocketing off the bats of Nutter, Brown, Lindemuth, Bower, and freshmen Michael Katz and Josh Smith. Designated hitter Bobby Klein also shined, going 2 for 4 on the day with two RBIs.
This game marked the first win on the season for senior Matt Davenport (1-0), who pitched an impressive seven innings, giving up only two runs and earning a season high of 8 strikeouts. Matt hit a consistent 84-86 MPH on his fastball, and gave up zero walks. He was followed by freshman JT Castner in relief and John Farrell came in to close.
The College will return to Plumeri Park this weekend, playing hosts to NYIT in a four-game series. Game one is scheduled to begin Friday at 4 PM, the perfect way to kick off spring break.
Megan’s Game Ball:
Tadd Bower, LF (2 for 4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs scored)
Fun Facts with Katelyn and Kelsey:
- No one actually knows what the Keydets are. It may reference the gray in the uniforms of the VMI Cadets, or it may simply be how people in Lexington pronounce the word ‘cadet,’ and no one ever taught them how to use spell check.
- W&M’s assistant coach Justin Topping graduated from VMI this past year, and is the older brother of senior linebacker for the Tribe, Andy Topping.
- Freshman first-baseman Michael Katz is a great retriever of lost shoes, for any Cinderella out there looking for her Prince Charming.